Saturday, April 16, 2011

Blue Jays Battle Back, Beat Red Sox (2-10)

Last night, the Red Sox lost 7-6 to the Blue Jays in a tough game where a 4-run 7th was the deciding factor for the Blue Jays. The game started off in controversy, when Adam Lind appeared to homer around the pesky pole, but the umpires, after reviewing, called it a foul ball. The the third inning the scoring got started on a Dustin Pedroia solo shot over the green monster to make it 1-0 Red Sox. Kevin Youkilis (bottom left) gave them some insurance with a 2-run shot later in the frame, making it 3-0 Red Sox. In the 5th inning, the Blue Jays got going with a 2-run triple by Corey Patterson, cutting the Red Sox' lead to one run. In the next inning, Travis Snider tied the game with an RBI double off the monster, scoring Adam Lind and tying the game at 3-3. In the top of the 7th, the untouchable Bobby Jenks entered the game, and that's when all hell broke loose. Jose Bautista and Adam Lind each singled, scoring a run each to give the Jays a 5-3 lead. Then a wild pitch, and an Aaron Hill RBI single made the game 7-3 Blue Jays. In the bottom of the 8th, however, the Red Sox battled back, putting runners at second and third with 2 outs for Jed Lowrie. Lowrie hit a hard ground ball down the third base line, Jayson NIx back-handed the ball and threw it to first, but the throw was weak, and the run scored. After that, Marco Scutaro knocked a 2-run double off the green monster, making it 7-6 Blue Jays. Jacoby Ellsbury, however, flew out to end the 8th, and Jon Rauch retired the Red Sox in order in the 9th.
Clay Buchholz (top right) was pretty good as a general rule, until
the Blue Jays started getting to him around the 4th inning. He ended
up allowing 3 earned runs in 5+ innings, making him 0-2/6.60/8 to
start the season. Bobby Jenks earned the loss, however, with 4 runs
allowed in just 1/3 of an inning. Kevin Youkilis (left) had a pretty good
game, going 1-2 with a home run, 2 RBIs two walks, and two runs
scored, making him now .200/1/4. Marco Scutaro (1-3 today) and
Dustin Pedroia (1-4) each had key hits and are now, respectively,
.188/0/6 and .348/2/6. Today, at 1:10, the Sox will send Josh Beckett
(1-1/2.08/14) up against Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1/5.23/9) for the second game
of the series.

Bright Spots:
Clay Buchholz- Buchholz was not bad, retiring 10 straight hitters at one point.
Felix Doubront- Got the Red Sox out of a jam with 2/3 shutout innings
Dan Wheeler- His first good outing of the year? Probably
Jonathan Papelbon- A scoreless 9th
Kevin Youkilis- 1-2 with a 2-run homer and 2 runs scored
Jed Lowrie- Came in in a clutch situation and delivered an RBI single
Marco Scutaro- Maybe the key hit of the game with that double

Dull Spots:
Bobby Jenks- The loss and 4 runs in a third of an inning
Carl Crawford- 0-5 in the leadoff spot
Adrian Gonzalez- 0-4 in the #3 spot
J.D. Drew- 0-4 with 3 runners left on base
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- Do I have to keep putting his name on here?

I am extremely disappointed that both the Red Sox gave up the lead and that they couldn't come
back, but it was a good game.

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